Toyota is recalling roughly 70,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles to replace faulty Takata brand air bag inflators that can explode upon deployment, sending shrapnel into vehicle cabins and at drivers and passengers.
ABC 11 reports that the recall covers the following vehicles:
The air bags use ammonium nitrate to trigger small explosion that inflates air bags in the event of a collision. However, the ammonium nitrate mixture can deteriorate and burn too fast, causing the metal inflators to blow apart.
The vehicles were previously recalled for the same reason, but the replace air bags equipped in the vehicles still used ammonium nitrate is a propellant. Toyota is now looking to replace the airbags with safer air bags made by another company.
The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.
So far, 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.
As of July, less than half of affected vehicles had been repaired.
In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.
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